The year 2013 has ended with a record 60,661,073 tourists arriving in Spain, which represents a 5.6% increase over a very good preceding year.
Most of the main markets registered a growth, Italy excepted. Of special note is the increase in the absolute number of tourists of the Nordic, British and French markets. Rusia and China stood out in terms of year-on-year rates, with strong increases of 31.6% and 35.1% respectively.
In the month of December, Spain received 3.1 million international tourists, which is a 16.3% increase compared to the same month of the previous year.
MARKETS OF ORIGIN
United Kingdom issued 20.3% of tourists in December and grew by 20.2%. The Canaries got 46% of UK arrivals with a 9.2% increase.
German tourists grew by 18.4% and represented 15.4% of all arrivals during this month.
The French market represented 17.2% of all arrivals.
The Nordic Countries saw a year-on-year increase of 12.1%.
Italy got off the decreasing path this month with a spectacular growth of 17.2%.
Of the remaining markets, Russia, the Netherlands and U.S.A. stood out with respective increases of 41.5%, 28.5% and 20.9%.
Regarding access routes, both roads (16.1%) and airports (17.1%) saw an increase.
64.7% of all tourists chose hotel establishments, which have seen a year-on-year increase of 22.7%.
Non-hotel accommodation, on its part, increased by 6.2% in December.
71% of all international tourists visited Spain without a holiday package, which is a 20.4% increase compared to the same month of the previous year.
Source: TourSpain – http://www.tourspain.es